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Lakes

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#47023
Fun:*** (2.74)
Difficulty:** (1.79)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:zigthepigAen****!

 

 

 



Joe and Anthony were discussing lakes. Joe says that Lake Superior is the largest lake in the world. Anthony says that Lake Baikal is the largest lake in the world. Who is right?


Answer

Both can be right because they are not being specific enough. Lake Superior is the largest in the sense of how many square miles it covers. Lake Baikal is the largest in the sense of how deep it is, holding more water than Lake Superior.
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Comments

Marpleen*
May 16, 2010

Actually, the Caspian Sea is the world's largest lake.
zigthepigAen*
May 17, 2010

I understand this, but this teaser asks which of the two they are discussing is the largest. I didn't want to include the Caspian Sea because it is called a "Sea". The other two lakes are recognised as being the largest, too.
precious1026Aus*
May 19, 2010

I hate agreeing with other people but the second comment seem more accurate in that Caspian Sea should Never be considered a Lake for its very name indicates a totally different type of Water Body. Secondly, The word Largest seems to imply circumference or the width of an object and not its depth, but it's a Great Teaser and that is our real purpose... I enjoyed this teaser.
kajishAus*
Dec 31, 2012

Actually Marple is correct because even though it is called the Caspian Sea it in fact fits the definition of a lake
klsowell*
Jan 08, 2014

Ok, first of all, I agree that the Caspian Sea is larger and could be considered a "lake", however it does not have the word 'lake' in its name and so could therefore be confusing.

I understood the concept of the teaser, how one would cover more area but one would hold more water, but I didn't know which was gonna be which.



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